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The "Car Horn Tones" Idea does not go far enough. What if I want my horn to sound like a lion's roar, or an elephant's trumpeting? And the sound a humpback whale makes is strange enough to get anyone's attention.
Some other loud sounds of note: The firing of a large rocket engine. The noise an
avalanche makes. The rumble of thunder after a lightning strike. The foghorn of an ocean vessel.
The car owner should have complete freedom to decide what sound-bite to play through the heavily amplified horn/speaker system.
As mentioned elsewhere, of course, the car owner does not have complete freedom regarding when to sound it. That's OK by me; the expressions on the faces of the listeners in traffic, when you do sound it, will be totally worth it!
Car Horn Tones
As mentioned in the main text [Vernon, May 24 2010]
horn complete, my ass
[zeno, May 24 2010]
Ahh, much better
[pocmloc, May 25 2010]
||Is that the effect a particularly grating sound-byte has on the nerves?
||[-] because there's a good reason people aren't allowed to pick their own tones. The point of the horn so that other drivers know that there's another vehicle there when you sound it. Imagine there would be legal repercussions akin to yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded theater if you used some of the suggestions in your post.
||//people aren't allowed to pick their own tones// That
surprises me. Do you have a link?
||Find a link that says they can.
||"Everything not compulsory is forbidden," eh? Well, it
come to that, but I don't think it's gotten that bad yet.
||I've searched the websites of four American states'
bureau/registry/department of motor vehicles for "horn"
and all I've found is prohibitions against "unreasonably
or loud," and, in one case "oscillating." There's
variety in "stock" car horns, & I never heard of any
(like the California emissions standards) that
had to worry about. Moreover, "novelty" aftermarket
are certainly widely known to exist -- are they illegal?
||Yells 'Boo' very loud and suddenly.
||We need those ground shaking
speakers. Then you could have Godzilla
stomping and roars.
||I guess 'Get your f'ing a' out my way'
would violate the 'too harsh' rule.
||If everybodys car horn had to 'quack'
there'd be less honking, I'll betcha.
||Everyone's car horn should be the sound of a polite cough